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Brian Cheeswright

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A bit about the Artist

Born London, 1978

My work is really an extended conversation of deciding what kind of a painter I want to be. In this post-post modern world every direction and decision seems to have become permissible and there is a complete freedom. The recurring question for me then, is where do I draw the line in order to construct an artistic identity? I use my work as a sort of therapy to re-construct and observe my own patterns of preoccupation. The act of painting is a sort of physical performance. Each new image is a development from and a reaction against the last image.

I am interested in working with the physical material of paint and the many, many ways one can manipulate this basic ‘stuff’. I am predominantly a figurative painter in that ‘who am I/who and what are we?’ am the main subjects of my work.

Creativity is a compulsion: a need to connect and share and jump up and down and raise a smile. I am not sure it is altogether healthy. Sometimes I think my pictures are only monuments to periods of self-enforced isolation and loneliness, when really I should be getting outside more and just talk to people. That’s why I let my pictures get some fresh air by exhibiting them rather than just hiding them away in my studio.

I am searching for a certain crudeness or awkwardness in my work. I like to organise problems into my painting and to leave a sense that they are slightly unresolved. From this I hope the viewer can find a way in to the picture and not feel the image is hermetically sealed from dialogue. I am not so much interested in telling a story as hoping the viewer finds their own narrative perspective. I have to be cautious in my titles.

My paintings are surrogates for my own insecurities and inadequacies. They are not great, but they try to be true. I try to take the risks in them that I don't in my everyday life. Unlike me, they prefer to get things wrong than be damned with faint praise. Searching for the grit in the pearl.

Recent Exhibits

Brian Cheeswright participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 The Trouble with Painting Today
Pump House Gallery

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